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  • Best cuisines for primal eating?

    What ethnic cuisine do you find has the best variety for primal eating? Mediterranean? Indian? Ethiopian? Japanese? If you eat out at a restaurant, what do you usually go for that will be tasty and still primal?

    I just joined, having read The Primal Blueprint, and I'm interested to hear what people do when they're not cooking their own food. I love Middle Eastern food, while I admit I could eat falafel all the time I also love a kebab with vegetables. Burned meat on a mini-spear, that's pretty primal yeah?

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    1. American burgers, eggs and steaks, what better!

    2. Mexican- If I go to a restaurant I get the combo steak/chicken fajita and load it up with the sour cream, quac. and some cheese.
    Self-realization. I was thinking of the immortal words of Socrates, who said, "... I drank what?"

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    • #3
      I like hitting up a good BBQ joint.

      I've been making a lot of Indian food at home lately... can't trust how restaurants prepare things.

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      • #4
        (French or Greek) Mediterranean, definitely ! (I have yet to try Ethiopian, though )
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        • #5
          If you get past the bread and pastry, French cuisine is nice and fatty with really good base ingredients. If you don't mind a bit of rice, Japanese is great. When I know the restaurant uses ghee, I love Indian.

          The ultimate primal restaurant experience is a Brazilian steakhouse (a churrascaria). NOM!

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          • #6
            Originally posted by secretlobster View Post
            What ethnic cuisine do you find has the best variety for primal eating? Mediterranean? Indian? Ethiopian? Japanese?
            It's interesting that real Mediterranean food is actually a lot better than the low-fat fanatics would have us believe. There's a whole industry of "Mediterranean diet" food that is totally phony. In fact, people in places like Greece like a lot of meat and are not sparing with the olive oil.

            I remember talking about different cuisines on this board before and saying how I was interested in West Indian food, which sounded very "primal" to me, lots of fresh fish, fruit, and veg, and coconut. One poster whose parents come from there says it used to be–the only "bread" his Dad usually ate was made from coconut—but now it's not so much, and U.S.-style food is moving in.

            I did see this bloke on the TV, and he had some good stuff, although he did an awful lot of high-sugar sweet stuff:

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            I guess French and Italian probably often have good choices available. With Italian everyone thinks of pasta and pizza, but there are some good dishes like Ossobuco–what more primal than bone marrow?

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            • #7
              Indian for sure! They make veggies taste like heaven with just ghee and spices and tomatoes!!!
              Argentine pretty good too...if you stick to the meat!

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              • #8
                Oh but the problem with Indian food is that it usually has a side dish that has no spicy-ness to go along with the spicy dish, e.g. naam, chapati (both breads), rice, etc. and that ruins it but what I usually do is just have a less spicy dish and no side dish...a little yogurt cools you down too.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Rummy View Post
                  I like hitting up a good BBQ joint.
                  Same here... but you have to be careful about BBQ, sometimes the sauces can be full of sugar. I've also, after many in-depth studies, decided that the sides predominately offered at BBQ places are usually not primal (beans and cornbread anyone?)

                  Mexican food, if you can manage to avoid the tortillas and replace the massive amounts of beans and rice most places pile on, can actually be very primal. Carne Asida makes me smile.
                  "Canned food is a perversion,' Ignatius said. 'I suspect that it is ultimately very damaging to the soul."
                  - John Kennedy Toole (A Confederacy of Dunces)

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                  • #10
                    Actually most traditional "cuisines" are easy to adapt to primal, but things like Indian food in restaurants are guaranteed to be loaded with bad oils. I'll say that French food minus bread is very primal friendly, and a lot of what I cook ends up looking French-like. Just stay away from literally any chain restaurants and you'll be doing much better. Mexican minus chips, and with just a couple corn tortillas, is very workable.
                    If you are new to the PB - please ignore ALL of this stuff, until you've read the book, or at least http://www.marksdailyapple.com/primal-blueprint-101/ and this (personal fave): http://www.archevore.com/get-started/

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by tfarny View Post
                      Actually most traditional "cuisines" are easy to adapt to primal, but things like Indian food in restaurants are guaranteed to be loaded with bad oils. I'll say that French food minus bread is very primal friendly, and a lot of what I cook ends up looking French-like. Just stay away from literally any chain restaurants and you'll be doing much better. Mexican minus chips, and with just a couple corn tortillas, is very workable.
                      That's not true about Indian food. They cook with ghee for the most part.

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                      • #12
                        Ethiopian could be good without the bread. They usually serve the dishes on top of the bread (injera) and the bread is your utensil. But you could eat it with a spoon or fork I suppose.

                        I love Thai. Lots of coconut. They tend to use fish sauce rather than soy. And they have larb. Meat salad. What's not to like? Except peanut oil. *sigh*
                        Last edited by DaisyEater; 05-10-2011, 01:25 PM.

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                        • #13
                          Japanese: eat sashimi, seaweed salad, some edamame if you're ok with a little soybeans (Mark says edamame is the only form of soy ok in moderation).

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by tanyayogi View Post
                            That's not true about Indian food. They cook with ghee for the most part.
                            Sadly vegetable oil is getting more common in India and many restaurants here looking to cut corners are also using it.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by tanyayogi View Post
                              Japanese: eat sashimi, seaweed salad, some edamame if you're ok with a little soybeans (Mark says edamame is the only form of soy ok in moderation).
                              Even fermented soy? I avoid the edamame and tofu for my thyroid. Have done since before PB, but I had always thought that fermentation took most of the evil out of it. Hence I'll use tamari.

                              Which reminds me: If you're gluten -free, bring your own tamari or coconut aminos or whatever if you want it. Most Japanese restaurants won't have it.

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